We’ve had meagre pickings of wild mushrooms in recent years around here – thanks to last summer’s intense heat there was very little activity on the funghi front and I was afraid that this year would be a repeat performance. But recent tropical rains following on the heels of canicular heat have done the trick… Continue reading The Magic of Mushrooms
A dear friend and wonderful cook produced a gorgeous gazpacho for supper on one of these recent warm nights. She explained, slightly apologetically, that the famous iced tomato/cucumber/pepper soup hadn’t initially been destined for our delight, but she’d prepared it in advance for some house guests. At the last minute she discovered that one of… Continue reading Gazpacho vs. Salmorejo
This year the famous café-tea room Bettys in Harrogate celebrates its centenary. Read about its Yorkshire-Swiss connection here…
Call me a wine snob, but mostly my heart sinks when an estate lists “wine tourism” as part of their offer. I have visions of chugging around the vineyards in a toy train, headphones clapped tightly to my ears while I fiddle frantically with the audioguide in search of the right language and listen with… Continue reading Picnic at Terra Remota
if life gives you marrows instead of courgettes, make galettes
In the majestic beech woods that surround our place in Alsace, swathes of brilliant green, spear-shaped leaves are once more poking their heads up through the carpets of leaf mold on the forest floor. Wild garlic (also known as ramps, ramsons or bear garlic) is back in season again. It catches me off guard every… Continue reading Green is Beautiful: Wild Garlic is Back!
Skrei, the beautiful Norwegian Arctic cod, is back in season – and because the Norwegians have made a point of fishing it sustainably, you can eat it with a clear conscience